She did learn something!

I’m a pretty proud Momma right now.  Pardon me while I pat Lindy and myself on our backs.

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My baby girl has moved out on her own into her first place.  She shares a house with 2 of her friends.  As you know, I’m working on a family cookbook for her.  She was like, “Mom!  I don’t know how to cook.  I need those recipes.”   I felt a little shame, actually, as I was writing that post about the cookbook.  I thought that I had failed her as a mother a little bit, because I wasn’t more firm in teaching her how to cook.  I thought maybe I made a mistake and should have made her help me cook more.  I enjoyed cooking for my family, so I did, I cooked.   She helped me when she wanted to help me.  She cut up some things, and stirred some things, and helped me put groceries away.  She occasionally came with me when I grocery shopped.  She often just sat and chatted with me while I cooked.

She made her first grocery store run to stock her new refrigerator at her new place.

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Lindy’s kitchen

She actually made spaghetti for herself and her roommates.  One roommate, opened the refrigerator, took a good look, and said she wouldn’t eat any of that stuff.  She also turned her nose up at Lindy’s spaghetti (it had onions in it).     She tells me that this roommate went to the grocery store to get her own things, and came back with Pop Tarts, crackers, and cereal.     Lindy had loaded up the refigerator with milk, eggs, OJ, fresh produce, fruit, etc.  All the things you need to cook with.

Did ya’ll catch that?  Lindy made spaghetti!  She did it all by herself!  No recipe.  Nothing.    She made it from memory of watching me make it and helping cut things up and stir.  She does know how to cook!  It’s in her!  She may not think she knows, but she knows!

Lindy tells me her roommates love her because she is the only one that knows how to cook!    She learned!   She learned just from hanging out with me.  I LOVE IT!  I didn’t fail!  I did good!

Look what her and her friend, Hannah made!  Banana Bread minus the nuts!

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Lindy and Hannah’s Banana Bread (minus the nuts)

I don’t like nuts, and apparently, my daughter doesn’t either.   Hence “minus the nuts”.

I had to share!

 

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Family Cooking

I’m making a family cookbook!  I’m retired now folks.  I have tons of time on my hands and honestly, I can’t stay in my chair knitting ALL the time.  My daughter, Lindy, has often told me to write my recipes down for her.   My new daughters have also mentioned a recipe or two that they would like to learn to make.   So, I thought I’d make a cookbook.

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I thought I would share one of my family’s favorite recipes and hopefully get some constructive criticism.

I was a fortunate kid in the fact that my mother made a home cooked meal every night.  Almost every night, we did eat out occasionally.   I usually helped my mom cook.  I was responsible for the salad.  Yes. We had a salad with every meal.  A meat, a veggie, a carb, and a salad/fruit.

I remember when I moved out and had my first box of Hamburger Helper.  I thought it was terrible!  It tasted like cardboard to me.  I was not used to processed food.  I learned to like it.  Hamburger Helper is great on some nights.

I enjoy cooking for my family.  My daughter didn’t seem interested in learning much and I enjoyed cooking, so my daughter doesn’t know how to cook much.  She’s watched me and helped me cut up ingredients and did a bit of stirring for me, but other than that, she doesn’t know much else.   So my cookbook is directed at her and teaching her how to cook.

My mother follows directions rigidly.  (Other than when a recipe calls for soy sauce.  My mom is like an alcoholic with the soy sauce and requires direct observation.)  I follow directions more as a guideline and/or suggestions.  I eyeball almost everything.  Rarely do I measure anything out.  While creating my cookbook, I’ve been trying my best to pay attention to ingredient portions.

 

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Let me know what you think about the recipe.  If you make this (which I highly recommend), please tell me what you think.  I love honesty.     Let me know if my “Notes” helped.   I’m working on cooking up all the meals and taking pictures for the girls.    My daughters are helping some too!  Lauren made the Chicken Salad the other night and took pictures for me for the cookbook.

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I’m collecting recipes from all my family to add to the cookbook.  We all get to participate.  It will be a fun project and will make lots of memories.  I think it’s a great idea.

Any tips to add to my cookbook?  Has your family done anything like this?    I think I’ll add some pictures of all of us, old and new, with the recipes.  That will be fun too.

My Mom – Joyful-Expressions blog.

 

I want to say “Hello” to all my new followers from my mom’s blog, Joyful Expressions.  Getting high praises from my mom is a BIG deal!

I was looking through some photos and had to share some fun pictures.  My mother has always sewn, as long as I can remember.  She used to make  me scrubs to wear to the hospital for work.  Back then, I didn’t have a specific colored uniform and could wear whatever I wanted, otherwise,  I bet she would still be making me scrubs.  My mom loves prints and you can do a lot of fun prints with scrubs.

Here is a cute picture of some outfits my mom made for my boys, John and Jacob.  This photo is from 23 years ago!  It’s summer and I’m pretty sure she made this for July 4th.  I like they have the same theme and colors, but still unique for each boy.

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Here is the quilt she made me.  We have a chicken coop with chickens and lots of fresh eggs.  Mom made me a chicken quilt.  Isn’t it pretty.  For you quilters, check out the feathered stitching pattern on the quilt.  You can see it well around the center chicken.  It’s hanging on the wall in our sunroom.

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This is one of my favorites too.  My husband, Len, is a retired Fire Fighter.  She made this for our first grandson, Xander.   Here is Max, of course.  He is always around in everybody’s business.

 

We had a GREAT day yesterday and welcomed 11 new puppies from Crystal.

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Here are some of our pups that have grown up.  You may remember Mom’s dogs, Jackie and Josie.   They were some of our Goldendoodles.

We get tons of compliments on our dogs.  It has a lot to do with their DNA and great parents.  I like to think those puppies are imprinted with the magic and love that is our home and it cements all the ingredients for a great dog.

Have a blessed day!